The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is going to happen in England and Wales this year. England is hosting this program for the first time in two decades, and the format will be a full round robin. The best 10 teams will lock the horn against each other, in which each team will play 9 games.
With a few months to go to this blockbuster event, let’s take a look at four hot favorites to lift the trophy.
India is not behind England. Virat Kohli’s men have left behind the nightmare of the 2017 Champions Trophy final and made significant changes to the team.
One of them is the introduction of leg-spinning twins Yuviwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. They still remain a mystery to most teams around the world.
Not only is the world’s two best ODI batsmen present in India but it is also the world’s best death bowler – Jaspreet Bumrah. It is no surprise that the team has lost just one bilateral one-day series since 2017.
Kohli’s aggression and the silence of the evergreen Dhoni will create a deadly combination, making India a formidable side. Although the dependence on the top 3 has sometimes highlighted the fragility of the middle order, but this issue does not expect India to be so disturbed.
England is probably the strongest contender for this year’s World Cup, especially since they are playing at home.
Although England are the inventors of the game of cricket, they have failed to lift the prestigious trophy once. But after breaking the heart of the 2015 World Cup, he made a big change under the leadership of Eoin Morgan.
Today, England’s cricketers play an aggressive brand cricket throughout the 50 overs. There is tremendous potential for the production of all-rounders in the country; Their lower order batsmen almost always give them easy runs. It gives license to top-ranked batsmen to get harsh rights from the beginning.
With the firepower of batting, they can return to their lineup to pursue most scores. His batting has been well complemented by the combination of Moin Ali and Adil Rashid. Both of them entered the opposition batting lineup during the middle overs.
#3 New Zealand
Black caps are slightly underwritten; Whenever they play in ICC tournaments, they never fail.
New Zealand has a position to play in their domestic matches, which is somewhat similar to English conditions. This makes them the strongest contender for winning the trophy.
Kiwi has been the most successful side in Cricket World Cup 2019 ODI cricket since the last World Cup. Under the leadership of Ken Williamson, he has played really good cricket in recent times.
Ross Taylor is in the form of his life, and the new ball combination of Tim Southey and Trent Boult is as dangerous as it has ever been.
They lack a real keeper-batsman, because Tom Latham is not a full-time keeper. Apart from this, Colin Munro has not been able to do well in ODIs despite having a spectacular display in T20I for New Zealand.
If these concerns are addressed, then there will be a tough team to defeat New Zealand. They actually came closer to win the trophy around the last time, but this time, they will do their best at their level that they go to the line.
Every World Cup starts in South Africa as a favorite, but at the end of every tournament, they remain frustrated. Again this year they have a tremendous side, who will try to change the fate for the South Africa in the tournament.
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis are in the twilight of their career. They are not the only players they used to be, but they want to end their career on a high.
If AB de Villiers did not retire, then his chances of winning the tournament were quite high. But their sharp invasion, which is under the leadership of Dale Steyn, also has variety along with poison.
The presence of new players like Reese Hendrik and Iden Markram is a good combination of youth and experience of South Africa. If they can handle pressure well, they will make a strong claim for themselves.